How far can we go in crafting a relevant (there’s that word again), interesting, stylistic worship service before we go TOO far?
The answer to that question is up for debate, as we each bring our own preconceived notions about what a worship service should consist of, including, but not limited to (but possibly by), our own personal tastes.
Some like it old school, while others prefer a more contemporary flair. Even still, there are those who believe drums to be the harbinger of the Great Beast, while others consider them to be essential to bringing about the call for worship.
Regardless of how you slice it, we are all still divided.
In a post on Collide, Scott McClellan attempts to address the subject by linking to Allen Noble’s post regarding a recent worship service at Elevation Church in which the worship team performed an auto-tuned version of “All Creatures of Our God and King.”
The offending (or unoffending, however you feel) song rendition is below.
(You really should click those links before reading any further so you can have some context as to what I’m talking about. Plus, those men speak with much more grace and eloquence than I do, and for all I know, you’ll find anything I have to say on the matter completely useless; which may very well be the truth.)
Honestly? As far as the song goes, I love the sound of it. I’ll admit it, I can be a sucker for contemporized versions of hymns, and the auto-tune fad would only seem like a logical choice to experiment with.
Now, what really gets me is the video itself. Or, to be more specific, what the video contains.
I feel as if I’m watching a concert.
Before I go any further, I must admit that this is clip is taken completely out of context, and therefore, I cannot speak to what the intentions of Elevation Church were at the time. It could very well be that this is a portion of the worship service similar to “special music”, as McClellan posits.
This isn’t an attack on Elevation Church by any means; rather, it is more so a lamenting of the current state of worship in the Church today. Suffice it to say, I take a position very similar to that of McClellan’s, so there really isn’t much more for me to say.
But what about you? Do you think this is just an issue a few old farts are whining about, or is there legitimate concern here? I’d love to hear your feedback in the comments.